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Rivermen Leaving Peoria

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2013

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – The St. Louis Blues have told the operators of the Peoria Civic Center that the NHL club’s minor league affiliate in Peoria will leave after this season.

The Civic Center recently received an email from the Blues saying the Rivermen will be gone when the current season ends in April. It isn’t clear what will happen to the minor league team.

The Blues own the American Hockey League’s Rivermen. The team has played in Peoria since the 1980s.

Civic Center general manager Jim Wetherington says the Blues have two more seasons on their lease with the arena. The team will pay a $90,000 penalty.

Wetherington plans to try to draw a hockey team to the arena for next season.

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Progress Being Made In Westclox Cleanup

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2013

Hundreds of tons of rubble has been removed this month from the old Westclox building.

According to the News-Tribune, 1.6 million pounds of steel were removed from the Westclox rubble pile. That’s about 800 tons.

The rubble covered more than three acres and site manager Mike Krug says crews are “down to picking up loose odds and ends.” The rubble includes steel, concrete, brick and construction materials.

Krug says there are no plans for the site once it is entirely cleared.

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